High-Throughput Techniques for the Evaluation of Fire Retardancy
Journal of Materials Chemistry
As new flame retardant (FR) approaches are developed they must be evaluated with conventional FR additives, processing additives, stabilizers, and fillers. In most cases this is done in a number of polymers, and a variety of processing conditions also must be optimized. Thus the development of new FR methods is a multi-parameter problem. A full-factorial approach to developing the structure–property relationships of interest requires numerous experiments and is prohibitively labor intensive; additional methods in which the composition space can be rapidly sampled and evaluated are necessary. Several new high throughput approaches are described herein which have been correlated with conventional flammability tests.